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Waste house set to go on display soon

An innovative building is helping the CPUT community and the public see rubbish in a completely new way.

The ‘upcycled house’ is a partially constructed home, made of wire mesh and waste, and is currently at wall height and being constructed by Mechanical Engineering students at the Bellville campus.

This Service-Learning project is a collaboration between the World of Eve; Bavarian government; Premier’s office; Western Cape Government; CPUT’s Service Learning Unit with assistance from the Mechanical Engineering, Management and Project Management departments.

Envirochoice Project Management; Interwaste Cape Town and various local and rural artists have all contributed to the structure of the upcycled house on the Bellville campus.

The pioneering design by the artist, Markus Heinsdorff, has attracted the attention of organisers of the World Design Capital who are keen to display this interesting house at the V & A Waterfront in 2014.

This week, stakeholders from government and CPUT video-conferenced with their German counterparts to discuss the progress on the ‘upcycled’ house and to plan the activities for 2014 which will include additional academic disciplines at CPUT as Service-Learning projects.

It is hoped that the house will help students and communities view waste as a valuable commodity and that it may act as a catalyst for job creation in communities.

Next year the Business Faculty will launch their Service-Learning project “How green is your campus?” in the form of a campaign using the house as a symbol of environmentally friendly living.

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